Ross in lineup
For the first time since March 4, the Marlins Grapefruit League opener, Cody Ross is in the lineup to play the field.
Out with a strained left groin, Ross is scheduled to start in right field on Monday against the Twins at Roger Dean Stadium.
Last Saturday against the Rays in Port Charlotte, Ross had three at-bats as the designated hitter.
Not wanting to push it, Ross will get two at-bats and play the field for a few innings. If all goes well, he will again be in the field on Tuesday.
In other injury news, the team is targeting the weekend for the possible return of John Baker and Cameron Maybin.
Maybin, who has been out for a week with a strained left groin, is scheduled to test his leg by running the bases on Tuesday. Baker, who has been getting at-bats but he hasn’t caught, is recovering from a strained right forearm muscle. His last hurdle will be throwing the ball to the bases on Thursday.
“Maybin, he’s going to run the bases tomorrow, and we’re shooting for this weekend,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Baker is probably about the same.”
If Maybin returns by the weekend, Gonzalez feels confident that he will have enough chances to get his timing back at the plate.
“We still have got some time lef,” Gonzalez said. “The biggest thing we want to know about are the at-bats. As soon as we get those Minor League games going, we can get him all the at-bats we want. We can lead him off every inning. I’m not worried about the time left.”
– Joe Frisaro